miriam cooke
  • miriam cooke

  • Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures
  • Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
  • 2204 Erwin Road Room 203, Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414
  • Campus Box 90414
  • Phone: (919) 684-2312
  • Fax: (919) 681-7871
  • Office Hours: On Fall Leave
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Overview

     Her writings have focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and on Arab women writers’ constructions of Islamic feminism. She has written about Arab cultural studies with a concentration on Syria, the Arab Gulf and the networked connections among Arabs and Muslims around the world. She is the author of several monographs, edited volumes and a novel. She has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar, Dartmouth College, and the Alliance of Civilizations Institute in Istanbul. She serves on several national and international advisory boards, including academic journals and institutions. She is editor of the Journal for Middle East Women’s Studies.
  • Specialties

    • Arabic
  • Research Summary

    20th Century, Criticism, Feminist Theory, Comp Lit, and Arabic
  • Current Projects

    "The Tribal Modern in the Arabian Gulf: the Past as Future. An examination of the production of an ultramodern cosmopolitanism with tribal values."
  • Areas of Interest

    Arab world
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • University of Oxford (UK),
      • 1980
      • D.Phil.,
      • Oxford University,
      • 1980
      • M.A.,
      • University of Edinburgh (Scotland),
      • 1971
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • President of the Association of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies,
      • 2001-2003
      • Trent Foundation award for Muslim Networks Workshop,
      • 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 21st Century,
      • spring 2001
      • Vice-Provost for Interdisciplinary and International Studies award for Muslim Networks,
      • 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 21st Century,
      • spring 2001
      • “International Woman of 2001" Award,
      • 2001 International Biographical Centre (Cambridge),
      • 0 2001
      • Provost’s Fund award for Muslim Networks Project (with Bruce Lawrence),
      • Listed in Who’s Who in the World,
      • 0 1999
      • Fulbright Research Scholarship in Syria - "The Politics of Cultural Production",
      • 1995-6 September-June
      • Humanities Institute on Gender and War, Dartmouth College,
      • 0 1990
      • Violence and Post-Colonial Islam,
      • Harry F. Guggenheim Consultancy,
      • 0 1990
      • American Association of University Women Fellowship,
      • 0 1986
      • Duke University Research Council,
      • 0 1986
      • Social Science Research Council Scholarship,
      • 0 1986
      • Development of exchange program with University of Qadi Ayad in Marrakesh, Morocco,
      • Josiah Trent Foundation,
      • 0 1985
      • Fulbright Research Scholarship in Lebanon and Yemen,
      • 0 1982
  • Recent Publications

      • M Cooke and A Woollacott.
      • Gendering War Talk.
      • Princeton University Press,
      • 2014.
      Publication Description

      Together these essays reveal a myth of war that has been upheld throughout history and that depends on the exclusion of "the feminine" in order to survive.

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      • "Hopes and Disappointments: Revolutionary Narratives from Egyptian and Syrian Feminists."
      • Jadaliyya
      • (2013)
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      • "Réseaux d’artistes et d’écrivains dans la nouvelle Méditerranée."
      • Méditerranée/ Mondialisation
      • (2013)
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      • "Feminism in Islam."
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      • Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions.
      • (2013)
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      • "Emerging Voices in Comparative Literature from the Middle East."
      • Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 9/2
      • (2013)
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  • PhD Students

    • Basima Shaheen
      • Thesis: “Palestinian Identity in Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Territories” North Texas University
    • Anna Levett
      • Thesis: “Sufism, Surrealism in Mediterranean Literature” UNC-CH
    • Louis Yako
      • 2012 - present
      • Thesis: Iraqi intellectuals in exile
    • • Yaqeen Fouad
      • 2012 - present
      • Thesis: "Improvisational Art Networks of Egypt’s Events”
    • Yasmine Khayyat
      • 2012
      • Status: Graduated
      • Thesis: “Memory in Ruins: Lebanese wartime and post-war cultural production”
    • SherAli Tareen “Arabic Literature, Religion and Innovation” 2009 MA
      • 2006-2009
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